MAC Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 10/22/2013

Offensive Players of the Week

Ali Froede, Miami, Back
Junior, Burke, Va. (Lake Braddock)

Froede recorded a pair of goals for the Miami offense on the weekend. She scored the game-winning goal against Missouri State to help lead the RedHawks to a 2-0 record in the MAC after the 5-2 win. She added another goal against 18th-ranked Iowa on Sunday and now leads Miami with eight goals on the season.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Skylar VanNatta, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)

Senior midfielder Skylar VanNatta was a key aspect in Saturday’s match against Ohio. VanNatta recorded her second assist of the season on a penalty corner by passing the ball to junior midfielder Mary Alice Moore for the 2-1 overtime victory. VanNatta proved she can play offense and defense by making some crucial plays on both, especially defense. VanNatta helped defend the cage by stealing the ball multiple times and blocking crucial shots.

 

Other Nominees

Luli Gomez Teruel, Ohio
Senior, Salta, Argentina (Instituto San Alfonso)

Gomez Teruel posted her MAC-leading 10th goal of the season against Central Michigan on Saturday to pace the Bobcat offense in its home opener. Her score came at 19:58 of the first half, as she took a pass from teammate Franziska Schmiedel on the left side of the circle and fired it in for the goal. The score gave Ohio a 1-0 lead. Gomez Teruel also placed two other shots on goal in the contest and notched a team-high four total shots for Ohio.

 

Alice Moore, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Miller Place N.Y. (Miller Place)

Junior midfielder Mary Alice Moore scored the game-winning goal at the 84:02 mark in overtime to defeat Ohio, 2-1. Moore drove the ball in the back of the cage by accepting a pass from senior midfielder Skylar VanNatta off a penalty corner. This was Moore’s fifth (team-high) goal for the season. Moore slips into first for game-winning goals in the Mid-American Conference with three total.

 

Holly Scherer, Missouri State, Forward
Sophomore, Belmont, Ontario (East Elgin Secondary)

Scherer scored two goals – including the game-winner in overtime – to lead the Bears to a 3-2 win over the Saint Louis Billikens on Oct. 15. With the match knotted at two goals apiece, Scherer scored the extra-time winner off a penalty corner. Earlier in the match, the sophomore gave Missouri State a 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the match. Scherer raced 20 yards down the left sideline and got a shot past the SLU goalkeeper. The native of Canada ranks 10th in the conference in goals scored (5).

 

Julie Hofmann, Kent State, M/W
Junior, Bad Muenster, Germany (IGS Iugelheim)

Hofmann got in on the action early in Kent State’s 5-2 victory over Ball State on Saturday, grabbing an assists in the game’s opening goal and then scoring herself seven minutes later. She tied for a team-high three shots on goal in the game and also tied her teammate with three points. Hofmann now has three goals and 11 shots in three conference games.

 

Lauryl Desch, Ohio
Redshirt Junior, Charlottesville, Va. (Western Albermarie)

Desch had one of her best all-around contests of the season Saturday in Ohio’s home opener against Central Michigan. In the first half, Desch took a pass off an Ohio corner and fed the ball into the circle, which led to the Bobcats’ first goal of the game. Late in the overtime period, Desch also made a key defensive save to preserve the 1-1 tie in the contest. The junior also notched a shot on goal and controlled Ohio’s defensive midfield throughout the match.

 

Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Berlin, Germany (Werner-von-Siemens)

Mueller led the Miami defense against a pair of strong offensive teams this past weekend. She finished with 15 saves and a .750 save percentage in two games. She made five saves to help lead the RedHawks to a 5-2 win over Missouri State and a 2-0 record in the MAC on Saturday. Facing another ranked opponent in No. 18 Iowa on Sunday, she finished with 10 saves on 13 shots.

 

Sabrina Binder, Kent State, Back
Senior, Krefeld, Germany (Arndt-Gymnasium)

Binder once again anchored a strong defensive effort by the Golden Flashes, enabling them to stay undefeated in conference play with a 5-2 win over Ball State. Kent State allowed just two shots on goal in the game. Binder also contributed offensively, getting off two shots, both on-goal, and finishing with a goal and an assist. She played the full 70 minutes for the third straight game.